But the Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice-presidential candidate said she was still mulling the “lay of the land” ahead of 2012 presidential polls.
“I would run if I believe that other candidates willing to put themselves forward in the name of public service, if they don’t have a shot at winning, I would offer myself up,” she added.
On the prospect of preparing for the primaries, she said: “I’m looking at the lay of the land now, and trying to figure that out — if it’s a good thing for the country, for the discourse, for my family, if it’s a good thing.”
Asked if she could beat Obama, she said: “I believe so.”
Palin, who left midway through her first term in office as governor of Alaska, has previously hinted at a potential White House bid but has made no formal announcement.
Now one of the most popular conservatives in America, Palin boosted her profile by launching her own reality show last month, featuring her family’s activities fishing, kayaking and bear-watching in their tiny Alaskan hometown of Wasilla.
Palin acknowledged that she was seen as “polarizing” but blamed the media for that “misperception,” adding that her image as badly informed was “pretty much ginned up by the press.”
At one point in the interview her husband Todd is invited to join her, sitting on the side of her armchair with a red basketball cap on.
Walters asked if he wanted his wife to be president. “She’s definitely qualified to be president, and yeah, I’d love for her to be president, if she decided to run.”
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